Finland -Unions condemn employer proposal for youth minimum wage -October 23, 2012

Trade union confederations SAK, STTK and Akava and the trade union solidarity centre SASK have strongly condemned an employer proposal to pay young people lower minimum wages. The unions state that pay already depends on experience and young people are therefore already relatively cheap to hire. Apprenticeship schemes also exist in Finland, which allow for lower pay when work is combined with training. The unions state that a lower minimum wage for young people is both unfair and inhibits young workers’ independence.



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